DevTeach Montreal 2012 Wrap-up | James Kovacs
A big thanks to everyone who attended my sessions earlier this week at DevTeach. When I give a presentation, my success criteria is that I get you excited enough to continue investigating the topic yourself. So an extra special thanks to all the attendees who took the time to talk to me afterwards. I obviously got some of you excited enough to continue learning what I was talking about! Awesome!!!
Another reason I love conferences is hanging with my peeps. I had a great time catching up with friends old and new in scenic, if somewhat cold, Montreal. Kudos to Jean-René Roy for putting on another fantastic conference.
The week started off with the fun-filled and action-packed Git Dojo with me on keyboards and Jessica Kerr on vocals and whiteboard. We even had a drummer, Howard Dierking, sit in for a set – attempting to wreak havoc on the repo when he .gitignore’d the Markdown files. The dojo was saved when he disappeared in a Spinal Tap-esque explosion midway through the set.
Emergent Architecture with TDD/BDD
I had a lot of fun with this session talking about the failure of UML as a design tool -though a great whiteboarding language. The holy grail of software design is the executable specification, which can be achieved with TDD/BDD. Executable specifications have the nice property of not only validating business requirements, but making it possible to validate non-functional requirements. I talked about some agile principles and techniques for good measure because that’s what I do. This led to the following tweet:
— Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) December 11, 2012
I’m not the first person to say this, but good to keep the idea circulating in our collective consciouses. 26 retweets and counting ain’t too bad. Happy to do my little part to make the software development world a better place for all of us.
I then talked about tools for creating executable specifications, specifically MSpec and SpecFlow (.NET) and RSpec and Cucumber (Ruby). We then dove into code with MSpec and SpecFlow because it was a more .NET crowd in the room. I especially loved the look of mild shock on some attendees faces when I executed what looked like a plain text file, which was in fact a SpecFlow/Cucumber file: